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December 19, 2022 | Lost Oak Winery Editorial Team

Lost Oak Winery Launches New Holiday Wine

As the holidays quickly approach, the Texas-based winery releases a new red blend.

The Holiday blend was harvested between August and September of 2020, spending an average of 16 months in oak, and bottled on Oct. 20, 2022. It features aromas of cinnamon and candied plums balanced with a hint of vanilla bean. According to the tasting notes, these are welcoming flavors with notes of strawberry and rhubarb preserves while the finish harkens back to the cinnamon aroma with warm....read more.

Time Posted: Dec 19, 2022 at 3:02 PM Permalink to Lost Oak Winery Launches New Holiday Wine Permalink
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Holiday Spiced Sangria

Our Holiday Spiced Sangria is the perfect drink for the Holidays. Make a large batch and have it ready for your guest. Enjoy this flavorful sangria with taste of apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Sure to be a party favorite and make your home smell as lovely as holiday cheer. Try out this recipe with your friends and family. 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups boiling water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pkgs Spiced Apple Cider
1/2 teaspoon Whole Cloves
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Evans2 (dry red wine)
1/2 sliced unpeeled Honey Crisp Apple
Garnish glass with 1/2 slice fresh orange

DIRECTIONS

Heat water in microwave. Stir in 2 pkgs Spiced Cider Mix
Add cinnamon sticks and cloves
Allow to cool
Add Orange juice
Add Evans2 red wine
Add apple slices
Serve chilled or at room temperature
Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves awhile to avoid over spicing
Makes approximately 6 glasses

Time 15 minutes
 

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2022 at 5:09 AM Permalink to Holiday Spiced Sangria Permalink
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Lost Oak Harvest 2022

Lost Oak Harvest 2022

The Lost Oak winemaking team has confronted many challenges this season.  Starting with a harsh winter followed by an unprecedented drought and deadly heatwave, vineyards across the state produced fewer tons of grapes than in recent memory.   Undaunted by unfavorable conditions, Head Winemaker, Jim Evans and  Assistant Winemaker Angela Chapman did not let this slow their stride.

Setbacks

To think a harvest and production plan will go smoothly from beginning to end is quite the dream. The team has had to be quick on its feet while adjusting to new standards and outperforming themselves from last year. Grape orders arrive day or night with only a few hours notice so the team must always be ready.  Critical equipment may be lagging or break entirely jeopardizing harvest.   However, the show must go on.  Grapes, in various stages of fermentation, cannot be left sitting for too long.

Teamwork

The production team would not be what it is without its interns and volunteers. Fueled by a love of wine and Lost Oak, in particular, harvest could not happen without all of the help from our interns and volunteers.   We appreciate all of our volunteers and are always ready to include new faces in our crew. If you would like to be a part of the behind the scenes there are always opportunities to help the production team. 

Pressing Foward

Despite the setbacks, the small but mighty team has managed to move over 100 tons of grapes and keep the logistics flowing. If you visit during harvest, you might get lucky and see the team in action.  For a closer look behind the scenes, book one of our Tour and Tasting Experiences when planning your next visit to Lost Oak Winery. Take the time to savor that bottle of wine because a lot of hard work goes into every drop. Despite the setbacks that come with each harvest season, our experienced team produces the best Texas wine around.  As Jim Evans says, the best wine is made in the vineyard.  You can make bad wine from good grapes, you can make good wine from good grapes, but you cannot make good wine from bad grapes.  The proof is in the tasting and with numerous awards this year alone, Lost Oak is on the path to adding even more from the prestigious California wine competitions coming this fall. 

The product speaks for itself however, no one is prouder than the founder himself Gene Estes.

"I just want to let everyone know that in all of my years in the Texas wine industry, I've never witnessed a more devoted, hard working wine making team than Lost Oak Winery's current one.  The emphasis on quality (cleanliness, chemical accuracy, color, fragrance), and timing is unsurpassed.  They have produced 56.27 tons since July the 12th. and are anxiously awaiting the remaining 93 tons.  I have watched with pride as our lady winemakers have stood waste up inside the bladder press with a high pressure hose cleaning every centimeter of grape skins and pulp which are saturating their hair and clothes.  I have watched Jim and Angela deal with equipment failures by sacrificing their own family and working schedules to stay until the wee hours of the morning in order to minimize the time that the grapes wait to be crushed or pressed. Please join me in celebrating them."

 

-Gene Estes (Lost Oak Winery, Founder)

 

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2022 at 2:46 PM Permalink to Lost Oak Harvest 2022 Permalink
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Lost Oak Winery Partners with Critically Acclaimed Consulting Winemaker Jean Hoefliger

A global, award-winning wine consultant, Hoefliger brings decades of passion, knowledge, and internationally-tested techniques to Texas wine.

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Time Posted: Oct 11, 2022 at 2:12 PM Permalink to Lost Oak Winery Partners with Critically Acclaimed Consulting Winemaker Jean Hoefliger Permalink
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September 21, 2022 | Lost Oak Winery Editorial Team

Employee Spotlight: Angela Chapman

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

The order of beverages for my day goes: Coffee, coffee, water, bubbly water (as a treat for drinking the boring normal water) more normal water, WINE!

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

It is harvest so I guess I live here. I think I have a husband and a stepson at home, but I only see them when they come to visit me at work. Sometimes they help out.

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

Currently, I'm watching What We Do in the Shadows, but recently I've rewatched all of Futurama with my family.

4. What is your favorite food?

That's as bad as asking me what my favorite wine is! I love food and I love to cook and I'm not a picky eater. That being said, I do have a soft spot for soups, all kinds.

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

I've been in the wine and spirits industry for over a decade now, simply being immersed in wine for as many years as I have has given me a leg up when it comes to winemaking. I understand varietal correctness as well as what most consumers want in a bottle of wine. Having Jim Evans as a mentor has taken all that basic wine knowledge and fine-tuned it to that of a winemaker.

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

Gosh, I don't even remember... I started at a liquor store as a sales associate. It was kind of a job out of necessity. Ended up I loved it; I learned as much as I could about all things alcohol. I eventually got my WSET III (Wine and Spirit Education Trust), came to Lost Oak about 8 or 9 years ago, and I am currently in my third harvest as the Assistant Winemaker.

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.

A few years ago, Lost Oak won the Tall in Texas Award. We got to go to a fancy diner in Grapevine to accept the award. At the end of the dinner Roxanne handed the award to Mariam and I and said to make sure the award arrived back to the winery safely. Mariam and I were about to dutifully drive back with said award in hand when we decided to instead parade around Grapevine with our impressive statue photographing its journey. We even made a special stop to Messina Hof to gloat to a bartender that we knew there. He, of course, pointed to the Tall in Texas award that they had won a few years prior. We had a great night, and I'll never forget it.

Time Posted: Sep 21, 2022 at 5:04 PM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Angela Chapman Permalink
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Blog Entry - Employee Spotlight: Madeline Rosales

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

Tequila soda or gin and tonic

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

School or in the pool

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

Never have I ever and Gilmore girls

4. What is your favorite food?

Enchiladas

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

I worked on a beverage cart at a golf course which helped me learn time management and customer service skills that help me at the winery

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

1 year

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.

I work at the event center and it’s always fun to be there for people's meaningful moments but on the less glamorous side sometimes the caterers will leave all the food and if the guests don’t take it we have to throw it out. One time there was a huge tray of beans we had to take on the golf cart to throw away and they spilled all over my coworkers. We were all laughing so hard covered in beans at 1 in the morning. One of my coworkers says she’ll never eat beans again.

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2022 at 7:37 AM Permalink to Blog Entry - Employee Spotlight: Madeline Rosales Permalink
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Lost Oak Winery Partners With Award-Winning Grower Jet Wilmeth, Releasing 2 New Varietal Wines for the 2022 Harvest

Lost Oak Winery partners with some of the best wine growers in the state. We take pride that our wines are 100% Texas grown.

 

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Time Posted: Aug 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM Permalink to Lost Oak Winery Partners With Award-Winning Grower Jet Wilmeth, Releasing 2 New Varietal Wines for the 2022 Harvest Permalink
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American Vineyard

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Time Posted: Jun 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM Permalink to American Vineyard Permalink
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Father-Daughter Duo Expands a Pioneering Texas Wine Leader

Gene Estes' life has taken him from his Abilene birthplace to Vietnam, to France, and back to Burleson, Texas, where he founded Lost Oak Winery. From there, Gene's daughter, Roxanne Myers, has taken Lost Oak on its own journey, growing the company from one small building....

 

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Time Posted: Jun 15, 2022 at 2:08 PM Permalink to Father-Daughter Duo Expands a Pioneering Texas Wine Leader Permalink